Health, Science and Ethics

Oct. 26,  2011

  • The Center has a number of teaching, research and program commitments in Health, Science, & Ethics.  Primary commitments include:  the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program, Bioethics Consultation Services, the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia, the Neuroethics Program, Public Health Ethics, and teaching and research initiatives throughout the university.To highlight a few of these initiatives:
  • The Bioethics Consultation Services tailor consultation to the needs of the health care organization; providing, for example,  committee training, educational programs, policy development, committee infrastructure development, and ethics consultation facilitation on a monthly retainer basis or fee for service.  Consultation may be short-term or provide long-term support. 
  • Fall 2011 welcomes the third class of Master of Arts in Bioethics students.  The Center's program provides advanced, interdisciplinary study in bioethics for students interested in the social and ethical challenges facing medicine and the life sciences. Current students include full and part-time enrollees and many entering students will also have earned an advanced degree in a related discipline, such as medicine, nursing, law, public health, or theology. The Master of Arts in Bioethics requires a total of 30 credits including 18 credits of required bioethics courses - incorporating a practicum experience and capstone project - as well as 12 credits of elective courses.
  • The Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia (HCECG) is membership-based network of health care organizations - e.g., health systems, hospitals, home health organizations, hospices, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and HMO's - and healthcare providers in the region.  For the 2011-2012 year, planned events to date include: a workshop on the intersection between Law and Health Care Ethics (November 2, 1011); an intensive Ethics Committee Workshop (January 25, 2012) and the annual conference on the Ethical Tensions in Healthcare Communication and Decision Making (March 2012).  For further information or to register for these events, visit

 The Center Inaugurates Neuroethics Program at Emory


Should brain imaging be used as evidence in court? How and when should we utilize cognitive enhancers? Can we issue a search warrant for the brain? If my brain made me do it, can I really be held accountable for my actions? The field of neuroethics addresses those thorny ethical issues that arise as we integrate rapidly advancing neurotechnologies and neuroscience findings into our everyday lives. Neuroethics is a field that engages and invites a conversation of topics that fall at the intersection of neuroscience, society, and ethics.

Currently, there are only a handful of universities in the world that specialize in neuroethics. This fall 2011, the Center for Ethics, in partnership with the Neurosciences Initiative, launched an initiative to establish the country's premier Neuroethics Program at Emory University. The initiative draws from Emory's rich neuroscience and ethics resources:

    Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Director of Emory's Center for Ethics, is a founder of both the field of Neuroethics and the International Neuroethics Society
  • Emory's world-renowned neuroscience research community;
  • The premier journal in Neuroethics and official journal of the Neuroethics Society, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (AJOBN) is housed at the Center for Ethics.
  • A competitive Neuroethics Scholars Program which provides two exceptional graduate students, the opportunity to design an innovative project in neuroethics
  • A monthly Neuroethics Journal Club
  • The Neuroethics Blog  For more details on these issues or to vote on future polls, please bookmark and visit

    The Neuroethics Program is also dedicated to community outreach. As a world-leading neuroethicist, Dr. Wolpe continues to give outstanding and unique neuroethics lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Karen Rommelfanger, the Assistant Director of the Neuroethics Program, has given talks for the Atlanta community at a local science salon, the Atlanta Science Tavern, on fMRI and Lie Detection, and gave a talk at Augusta State University. Dr. Gillian Hue , the Neuroethics Program Associate, is scheduled to lead a panel discussion on "Principles of Lust" for Georgia Gwinnett College's Science History Club. 



The inaugural group of Neuroethics Scholars Program Fellows are Cyd Cipolla and Kristina Gupta, graduate students in the Women’s Studies and Jason Shepard, a graduate student in Psychology.  The Scholars Program will be offered again in 2012, so please look for a call for applications this fall.

The Neuroethics Program continues to plan exciting workshops and guest speakers this spring so please stay tuned or keep informed by subscribing to our Neuroethics Listserv. For more information or to subscribe to the Neuroethics Listserv, please contact us as


 Neuroethics Journal Club Dates

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